Unanswered questions about Advocaat’s future squad as Sunderland face Aston Villa

For no really good reason
, except that it’s Friday and no one ever seems to write for these pages on Fridays, let’s give another well-deserved boost to the excellent lads and lasses of the SAFC Supporters’ Association branch in North America – SAFC NASA for short.

Just before we get onto transfer talk, the photo gallery is from Martin Bates, one of the Out West supporters who kept Salut! Sunderland in the loop during the pre-season tour.

Martin will be as alert as anyone to what transpires at Villa Park on Saturday, just as he is watching with the same interest as the rest of us the countdown to the transfer window deadline.

What still lies in store for us? Will we see those glaring defensive leaks plugged? Would doing that still leave room to strengthen midfield? Is it still reasonable to hope for a new attacker?

You can check out the rumours for yourselves. Sometimes, one report contradicts another, as in “this deal is off, no it’s not” and so on. Among the names most commonly floated are Jonathan de Guzman (midfielder), Ricardo van Rhijn (full back) and Ola Toivonen (striker/midfielder). But this is one of the few occasions when Monsieur Salut is happy to await official word from the club, preceded as it usually is by reliable snippets on Sky.

This, in my preview of Villa vs SAFc for ESPN FC, is how I summed up our most urgent needs in the time still available:

The acquisitions of Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates have done nothing to inspire confidence. The league table shows Sunderland’s defence to be the shakiest in the top flight, with eight goals conceded in three games.

John O’Shea’s return, after being sidelined for the first two Premier League games, raised modest hope of stability, but even he was culpable against lower-league opposition in midweek. In the final days of the transfer window, the glaring defensive frailties must be addressed even if Advocaat is forced to accept that he must make do with the attackers he has.

At least Defoe has shown he is sharp enough to worry defences. After two Premier League goals plus the three against Exeter, Sunderland fans will cheerfully overlook his eccentric approach to appointing a secretary. And Watmore is an undeniably bright if raw prospect.

As usual, you are positively encouraged to have your say. There have also been reports of Dick being so unhappy over the state of his squad that if investment has not been made by Tuesday’s closing of the window, he may well jump through it.

We’ll see. For now, if you live Out West and don’t already belong to SAFC NASA, your point of reference is its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/safcnasa

Ha’way the Lads.

SAFC NASA: you know it makes sense
SAFC NASA: you know it makes sense

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M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake
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2 thoughts on “Unanswered questions about Advocaat’s future squad as Sunderland face Aston Villa”

  1. Who the hell are they going to get,some second rate ex-footballer who is on the manager merry-go-round,names like big Sam,Curbushley,for gods sake we do not want to go there again .Advocaat is a good manager and he knows this team is not good enough to compete in the top flight,he has brought in two good players in Lens and Ola Toivonen,but Coates and Kaboul should never have been signed and Brown should never have been given another years contract.O’shea is too slow now,but is good enough for centre half cover.Advocaat is trying to get rid of the deadwood,Bridcutt and the rest should be sold for a loss,just get rid of them,surely someone down in the Championship would take them if the price is right,they are not bad championship player.Cattermole should be sold before the transfer deadline,he is a liability to the team and i’m sure Dick is fed up with him….We are slightly getting better and I feel that we will gradually pick up points as the squad gets better players, but I have a feeling that he will really walk out if no new decent players are found.

  2. I may be in the minority (let the abuse begin…) but if Advocaat’s going, let him go. If that happens, it’ll be fascinating to see who might replace him and what they might do with the squad Advocaat seems to find so unworkable.

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